LISTENER

Annalie

  • 17
  • reviews
  • 6
  • helpful votes
  • 54
  • ratings
  • The Fifth Agreement

  • A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
  • By: don Miguel Ruiz
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

In The Four Agreements, a New York Times best seller for over seven years, don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could be summerised

  • By Artin on 03-04-2017

Did not get this book's message

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2019

I took a chance with this one, but it did not come off. This is a continuous flow of contradictory, unsubstantiated statements going on and on and on......
One positive about this book is that it will cure your insomnia, great book to fall asleep to with the monotonous tone used by the narrator

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Incredibly Detailed

  • By ModsterMan on 05-06-2017

Selected ideas of Psychology

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

I expected a coherent overview of psychology, but the very detailed lectures did not form a whole. The series give the impression of a compilation of unrelated, separately prepared lectures.That also created some repetition of studies or anecdotes mentioned. He concentrated on a few great thinkers such as Aristotle, David Hume and Freud, but did not mention some of the other big names. I found that he tended to revert back to philosophy, where his strength lies. I personally would have liked more emphisis on recent developments in psychology in this series.
Overall an exhaustive, detailed encounter of some great ideas in psychology, worth the effort to finish, but do not expect to find any answers. The lecturer has a great mind, is very knowledgible on his subject, and lectures very well.

  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

  • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History of earth from mineralogy perspective

  • By Annalie on 17-02-2019

History of earth from mineralogy perspective

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

These lectures are a gripping account of the origin and evolusion of earth and life. The lecturer comes over as an expert in his field, with a passion for Mineralogy. However, I found these lectures hard going, despite my Science background. I got the idea that he made use of visual aids during his lectures, which I thought were essential to the optimum comprehension of his lectures. The PDF notes help with that to a certain extent. I ordered his hard copy book, The Story of Earth, to be able to study the subject with more visual aids.

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • highly recommended. Greene's best work so far

  • By Ed on 10-11-2018

A classic !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2018

This is a spot-on, honoust observation of human nature, one of the most insightful books on this topic I encountered to date. The author has a remarkable ability to see through learned behaviour into the motives driven by human nature. Based on the same principles as his previous book, The 48 Laws of Power, but applied wider, this book discusses human nature in a straightforward manner, illustrated by fascinating biographies, and then coaches readers how to respond to those human behaviour in others and oneself, and apply aspects of our nature positively, rather than destructively. This book helped me more than any other selfimprovement book. I listened to this book 3 times, and bought it in hard copy for future reference.
The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Human Body

  • Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • By: Daniel Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book explains a lot!

  • By Don on 22-02-2016

This book has a crucial message for modern humans

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-2018

The 1st part of the book is a fascinating account of the evolutionary development of the human body, explaining why modern humans have the bodies we have.
The second part of the book addresses the modern lifestyle ailments humans encounter due to cultural evolution, the changes that the human body is not adapted to handle.
The author conclude with some alternative actions by governments that may be applied to address our increasing lifestyle diseases and other ailments. Very well reasoned, food for thought and action!

  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Ryan Vincent Anderson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The Happiness Hypothesis is about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives and illuminate the causes of human flourishing. Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind, shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims can enrich and even transform our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost focus

  • By Annalie on 28-11-2018

Lost focus

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

The 1st part of this book was promising, but then the author diverted into morality, his field of expertise, and religious rituals, which lost my interest.
The narrator has a monotonous tone, and pronounce certain words incorrectly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

  • A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
  • By: John M.; Nan Gottman; Silver
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making marriage work. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples to focus on one another and pay attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have this book in hardcover too!

  • By irena on 09-02-2018

Invaluable Marriage Councelling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-2018

This book contains marriage counselling that hits the mark, and if applied, can change the course of troubled marriages. I can appreciate why this book is a classic. About 50% of the book consists of questionnaires, check lists and work sheets, and the book is designed to be used by both partners in a work shop situation. It is not ideally suited as an audio book, and therefore my lower score on this book. I recommend it in hard copy.

  • 50 Psychology Classics Unabridged

  • By: Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Narrated by: Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

We would all like to know the secrets of human nature - who we are, how we think, and what we do. In a journey that spans 50 books, hundreds of ideas, and more than a century in time, 50 Psychology Classics explores important contemporary writings such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness as well as wisdom from key figures in psychology's development.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview

  • By Annalie on 21-10-2018

Good overview

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-2018

Good synopsis of important psychology works of the 20 and 21 centuries to date, although I found some of the writer information slightly dated. It is a good mix of more serious psychology research and pop psychology works. It wet my interest in books I have not read yet. Unfortunately Audible does not stock most of those.
The narrator was very good, although I had to slow him down to follow.
This book is probably better in hard copy for reference purposes.

  • The Tangled Tree

  • A Radical New History of Life
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Our understanding of the ‘tree of life’, with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. This book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth - through molecular phylogenetics. It involves a fairly simple method - the reading of the deep history of life by looking at the variation in protein molecules found in living organisms. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By Annalie on 09-10-2018

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2018

A fascinating account of evolutionary biology and genetics, especially the discovery of Archaea and horizontal gene transfer. Also an insightful story of the work of Carl Woese and his team.

  • Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Edward F. Stuart PhD
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent lecture series

  • By Annalie on 05-09-2018

Excellent lecture series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-2018

Insightful overview on the development of global economic systems. A lively presentation, worth listening to!